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at that rate when i upgrade it, i might aswell just start fresh and copy all the data to my 3 3TB's i have spare
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at that rate when i upgrade it, i might aswell just start fresh and copy all the data to my 3 3TB's i have spare
It will still take about the same time to make new array.
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Not using the quick create thing, it becomes live very fast on the perc 5 with megaraid stuff
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Not using the quick create thing, it becomes live very fast on the perc 5 with megaraid stuff
I used the quick create and it still has to do the parity things that take a few days. :/
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I used the quick create and it still has to do the parity things that take a few days. :/

Not sure then, unless mine did it in background and didnt seemingly affect performance
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If you're using windows on the computer with the array you should be able to expand it via the MegaRAID Storage Manager for windows. There's a link on the first page of this thread, but I'll re-post it here for your convenience.

MegaRAID Storage Manager v12.05.03.00: (as of October 23, 2012)
http://www.lsi.com/downloads/Public/MegaRAID%20Common%20Files/12.08.03.03_Windows_MSM.zip

Thanks for the link.

I'm currently using ESXi. I installed MegaRAID Storage Manager 12.10.03.01 and have accessed the Perc card through the ESXi IP address and logging on via the administrator credentials, however I do not see how to expand - I can set the hard drive as a hot swap just like in the BIOS, but not actually expand... any thoughts? Should I install the older Storage Manager?

Thanks!!
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Thanks for the link.

I'm currently using ESXi. I installed MegaRAID Storage Manager 12.10.03.01 and have accessed the Perc card through the ESXi IP address and logging on via the administrator credentials, however I do not see how to expand - I can set the hard drive as a hot swap just like in the BIOS, but not actually expand... any thoughts? Should I install the older Storage Manager?

Thanks!!

I don't actually know.. because I haven't had to expand an array yet. I'll be going through this later this next week though when my next two SAS drives get here. If you haven't figured it out by then I'll explain how it works when I some how figure it out, later this week.
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I don't actually know.. because I haven't had to expand an array yet. I'll be going through this later this next week though when my next two SAS drives get here. If you haven't figured it out by then I'll explain how it works when I some how figure it out, later this week.

Really appreciate it. I like the card but if I'm not able to expand it would be a deal breaker... hopefully there is a way to do so. I'll be around, so if you find out anything I'll be waiting with baited breath. What kind of SAS drives are you getting? What is your build like? What OS are you using? Whitebox or a Dell box?

Hope you don't mind the questions.
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Just received a PE2950 with Perc 5i. The backplane is 6x3.5 with these interfaces:

I do not have the drive caddies yet so cannot test, can I plug SATA drives directly in to this interface? The small 7-pin part of the connector at the top (right under the "J_SASDRV3") seems to say no. So does this mean I will need the Dell Interposers? I also recall reading in this thread (OP I believe) about cables which can be used.

EDIT: I get it: the SFF8484 cable is for _bypassing_ the backplane -- direct interface between the controller and the drives (duh).
Edited by ahriman - 2/23/13 at 8:09pm
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Really appreciate it. I like the card but if I'm not able to expand it would be a deal breaker... hopefully there is a way to do so. I'll be around, so if you find out anything I'll be waiting with baited breath. What kind of SAS drives are you getting? What is your build like? What OS are you using? Whitebox or a Dell box?

Hope you don't mind the questions.

Edit: All the info on my machine should be over here: http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/4804529

Also about expanding, I had plugged my SATA Drives into the PERC 5 controller at some point and when I had "blank drives" connected, the software had some other option for expanding it that I can't see right now because I don't have any other blank drives connected to my PERC. So.. There's some option in there but I don't know what it is now, and apparently and it goes away when there's no available drives to expand to. So later this week when I get more SAS Drives and connect them, I'm expecting that option to return and then I could tell you what it is.
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Originally Posted by ahriman View Post

Just received a PE2950 with Perc 5i. The backplane is 6x3.5 with these interfaces:
-snip-
I do not have the drive caddies yet so cannot test, can I plug SATA drives directly in to this interface? The small 7-pin part of the connector at the top (right under the "J_SASDRV3") seems to say no. So does this mean I will need the Dell Interposers? I also recall reading in this thread (OP I believe) about cables which can be used.

That looks like a standard SAS interface and I do believe SATA drives plug directly into SAS. I have not personally tried a SATA drive on (What appears to be, by the picture) a SAS backplane like in this image though, but my SAS cables do plug in to (and interface with) SATA hard drives with no problems, so I would just assume a backplane would work as well.
Edited by kithylin - 2/23/13 at 7:58pm
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